This pan is the cutest pan and it makes...wait for it...Ebelskivers! What is an Ebelskiver you say? Originated in Denmark, it a light fluffy pancake that can be filled with fruit, chocolate, jam or cheese and served for breakfast or as an appetizer, dessert or light supper. They are round little puffs of pancake heaven with a surprise filling inside. OMG! Right up my alley. So you can see why I bit the bullet and bought this specialty pan.
You can find this pan made by Nordic Ware here. Now, I cheated a little bit, and here is where the product review comes in. While I was at a "healthy" cooking class as Williams-Sonoma the other day I picked up some Ebelskiver Pancake Mix. (what happened to the healthy?) Just so I could get me hands around making them and the technique..experimenting with flavors etc. It's okay to use some help don't you think? In fact these little babies are not that bad for you depending upon what you put in side. So okay, I'm counting this as my little treat on my Eat Well quest for 2013.
(picture courtesy of Williams-Sonoma)
So off to the kitchen I went. I'm on a mission to make some yummy goodness for breakfast. I decide on a filling of Nutella. What's better than biting into hot gooey chocolate. This would be my first choice. I prep all my ingredients, whip the egg whites. Prep the pan with a little melted butter and I'm off cooking, filling, turning these cute little balls of pancakes. Then I can't wait. I take my first bite.......oh my goodness! MMMnnn. That all I could say. Biting into a wonderful, slightly sweet pancake that was light as air. And then the melted chocolate. HEAVEN just as I thought and hoped it would be. These did not disappoint. Thanks to Williams-Sonoma for putting out a great mix that tastes great and saves a lot of time.
Now I made a 1/2 batch to start which gave me 11 Ebelskivers. I ate three of them....okay four of them myself. So that is a good measurement on serving size when you make them. No syrup necessary, I just sprinkled some powdered sugar over the top and Voila! See how cute these came out. The chocolate really does make my mouth water. Just saying!
Next up will be to experiment I love these! I'm thinking savory, like cheese, or taco meat, or sauteed mushrooms. How about dessert? smores, jam, or apples? Oh boy, I'm in trouble. I have to space these out!
I hope you try these wonderful pancakes. They are fun to make, cute to look at, and the variations are endless.
Makes 21 pancakes: 4-7 servings
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 t sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 large eggs, separated
1 c milk
3 T unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
desired filling (chocolate spread, jam, cheese etc)
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl whisk the egg yolks, milk and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended. The batter should be lumpy.
In a clean small bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Fold egg whites into the batter lightly, just until you don't see any white streaks.
Add 1/4 t of melted butter to each well of the ebelskiver pan and heat over medium heat until butter bubbles. Add 1 tablespoon of batter to each well. Add 1 teaspoon of filling if desired. Top with another tablespoon of batter. Cook about 3 minutes until bottoms of pancakes are golden brown. Use 2 wooden skewers to turn the pancakes and cook about 2-3 minutes on the other side.
Transfer finished pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat making the other batches of pancakes. When complete dust the pancakes with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.